Facing criticism for Pakistan’s dismal show in the ICC World T20, Shahid Afridi on Sunday stepped down as captain of the T20 team but will continue to play in the shortest format of the game.
The Afridi-led Pakistan failed make it to the semifinals of the World Twenty20 in India, where his comments about receiving more love in India also drew the ire of former players.
The 36-year-old all-rounder and the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) had earlier hinted that World T20 could well be be his last as skipper and had also hinted at a possible retirement from the game.
Such announcements and subsequent retractions from Afridi are not uncommon. Here’s how Twitter reacted to the news:
Shahid Afridi playing 2051 World Cup for Pakistan.— PhD in Bakchodi !! (@Atheist_Krishna) April 3, 2016
Shahid Afridi's retirement is the world's longest running sequel.— Sorabh Pant (@hankypanty) April 3, 2016
Aaand.. once again, Afridi hasn't retired. https://t.co/3PN1NE6OoG— Trendulkar (@Trendulkar) April 3, 2016
Shahid Afridi holding on to cricket pic.twitter.com/iR4rPuIvGO— Divya (@JadduJhappi) April 3, 2016
The year is 2066.— Basit (@BasitSpeaks) April 3, 2016
Iphone 20 is released.
I live in my home with my children & grand children.
And Afridi is again selected as Captain.